Rock 'n' Roll History for
December 28






1959 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Frankie Avalon's second chart topper, "Why" becomes Billboard's last number one song of the fifties.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
The single "Dominique" and its companion LP "The Singing Nun" top the Billboard singles chart and album chart respectively. So far, the 45 has sold over 700,000 copies and the LP, 670,000.

December 28
A quartet from Minneapolis, Minnesota who called themselves The Trashmen saw their first release, "Surfin' Bird", enter the Billboard Hot 100 where it would reach #4 during the first week of February, next year. The song is a combination of two R&B hits by The Rivingtons: "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's the Word".

1968 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
The Doors' "Touch Me" is released. With a guitar intro strongly influenced by The Four Seasons' "C'mon Marianne", the song would reach #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 in Canada, #10 in Australia, but didn't chart at all in the UK.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Although Cher had earlier turned the song down, "Angie Baby" becomes a number one hit in the US for Helen Reddy. Cher had also rejected "The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia", which Vicki Lawrence took to the top in April, 1973.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
An audience member, David Gelfer, aims a .44 magnum at Ted Nugent during one of his Washington concerts. He is immediately taken to the ground by members of the audience and security guards and charged with intimidating with a weapon.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Freddie King, who reached the Hot 100 in 1961 with "Hide Away", died from a heart attack at the age of 42. In 2003, King was ranked 25th on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Warner Brothers Records, which includes Elektra and Asylum, follows the lead of RCA and raises its price for 45 rpm singles to $1.99.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Depressed over mounting debts and personal problems, 38 year old Beach Boys' drummer, Dennis Wilson drowned after jumping over board from his yacht at Marina Del Ray Harbor in Los Angeles. He was the first of the group to release a solo album, "Pacific Ocean Blue", writing and singing every track. Special permission was granted by President Reagan to have a burial at sea, which is usually only allowed for deceased Navy personnel. His brother Brian, who was still unable to cope with day to day life, did not attend the funeral.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Seven months after their marriage, 51-year-old Paul Simon and 26-year-old Edie Brickell have a baby boy they name Adrian Edward Simon.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
The Spice Girls become the first female act to ever have their first three singles top the UK chart when "2 Become 1" debuts at #1.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Singer Ronnie Hammond of The Atlanta Rhythm Section is shot in the chest by a Macon police after allegedly lunging at an officer with a broken guitar handle and a hammer. Police were responding to reports that the singer was trying to commit suicide. This was the second suicide attempt within a month for Hammond, following the first on December 9th. He would later make a full recovery, but died of heart failure on March 14th, 2011.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
British Glam Rock star Gary Glitter (real name: Paul Gadd), who was convicted of child pornography offences in 1999 in England, was deported from Cambodia. The 58 year old Glitter had set up a home last year in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
A North Carolina man named Wade Jones sold three tablespoons of water taken from a cup used by Elvis Presley during a 1977 concert for $455.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
The body of Barry Cowsill, bass guitarist for The Cowsills, was recovered from the Chartres Street Wharf in New Orleans. He was killed on or about September 1st from injuries believed to be caused by Hurricane Katrina. He was 51.

December 28
UK radio station Planet Rock asked 58,000 listeners to name the greatest Rock stars ever. First place went to Pink Floyd, followed by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, AC/DC, U2, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Bon Jovi and Jimi Hendrix.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Peter Frampton filed a lawsuit against A&M Records over the way that his digital royalties are calculated. The suit alleged breach of contract and unfair competition and seeks compensatory damages.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Heavy metal icon and Motorhead frontman Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister died from cancer at the age of 70.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

December 28
Debbie Reynolds, the singer and actress who topped the Billboard and Cashbox charts in 1957 with "Tammy", died at the age of 84. In early 1958 she reached #20 on the Most Played by Jockeys chart with "A Very Special Love", then scored two entries on the Hot 100 in 1960: "Am I That Easy to Forget" (#25) and "City Lights" (#55).

December 28
Neil Diamond achieved his 38th Top 10 hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart with "The Christmas Medley (Acoustic Christmas)" It was his first AC Top 10 since "Cherry Cherry Christmas" hit #4 on January 2, 2010.






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